Tax Tip - Hiring Foreign Workers in Canada

August 01, 2018

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Many Canadian employers are considering hiring international talent, while others have already hired employees from outside Canada, but are not sure how to keep the employee long-term. 

The current competitive landscape for recruiting and retaining talent in the Canadian technology sector is forcing employers to get creative, and hiring international talent is becoming a popular solution. Our BDO professionals can advise on the most efficient foreign worker programs to facilitate hiring international talent, and can manage the work permit & visa application. We can also advise on compliance requirements and long-term retention planning. 

Immigration compliance is a serious matter — the government conducts audits and spot checks on all employers using the program. Furthermore, an immigration investigation could lead to further departmental reviews from the Canada Revenue Agency, provincial ministries of labour, and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB), given the information sharing agreements between these agencies. Non-compliance can result in significant penalties for the business and the individual employees, which include suspension from the program, monetary fines, and imprisonment. Our immigration and expatriate tax advisors can help clients comply with the laws, manage compliance reviews should they arise, and offer a comprehensive approach to meet the demands of a changing business. Contact us today.

This tax tip is a publication of BDO Canada LLP on developments in the area of taxation. This material is general in nature and should not be relied upon to replace the requirement for specific professional advice. The information in this tax tip is current as of August 1, 2018.

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